the length of the wire depends on how "tall" you want your little being to be.
lay your wires next to each other, and start to wrap them together with the masking tape, about 1 to 1.5 inches (2.54cm to 3.81cm) from the top end of the wires. keep them parallel with one another while wrapping. you want to make as many wraps as you need to keep them securely together. usually about 4 or 5 wraps should do it.
once you have them so they don't "roll" away from each other, and your going
to have to eyeball this one- wrap the length of what would be the distance between
the shoulders and the hips- your basically outlining where the torso will be.
the next step- see photo above- is going to be to bend the two wires apart and
then bend them back again to create, what looks much like a tuning fork, but will
actually become the hips and legs of your little being.
Do NOT glue it on yet, but if you just put your head on the 'neck' you can get a better
feel as to how things are going to look when we are done.
You can keep the head on, because we are going to need it there for placement of the arms,
but for now you can put the head/body aside and grab another piece of armature wire.
the length of the wire is going to be 2x the length of the shoulder to the knee area of your being,
or basically however long you want it to be :o) see that is the beauty of making creatures/dolls-
you can make them look however you want to!
TIP: armature wire is very... bendy. it is easy to start getting a lot of kinks in it.
here is a super easy way to bend the wire in half in one shot.
grasp each end of the wire between your thumb and first finger (one in each hand) so you look
like your ready to conduct an orchestra- and bring your hands down and together and the
wire will follow, so you get this..
now take those two ends again, same position and just ratchet it back and forth in small, fluid
motions. the wire will start to close that camel hump until the two sides just about touch.
give the wire a bit of a flip and bring the two ends back up so it looks
time to bring back the head/body to the table for a line up:
flip the wire so the hump points down and, giving room for the neck, place the wire behind the body
and Voile'! instant shoulders/arms. now we want to make sure that they
are secure and don't wiggle or fall off- so it's time to bring out the masking tape again